On the 12th, it was announced that singer MISIA will make her first appearance on the New Year's Eve extravaganza, the 63rd Kouhaku Utagassen. Having made her debut in February 1998, MISIA will be celebrating her 15th anniversary by making what is essentially her very first live TV appearance. In a Kouhaku first, MISIA will participate as special performer for the Red Team by performing live via satellite from Africa.
MISIA will perform at the Namib Desert in Namibia, South Africa. The Namib Desert, known as one of the most beautiful and harshest places on Earth, is reportedly the oldest desert in the world, at an estimated 80 million years. The area is famous for its extreme climate changes; temperatures soar as high as 40 degrees in the summer and drop to below freezing point in the winter. With the highest sand dunes in the world, the highest reaching about 330 meters, as her backdrop, MISIA will be treating Kouhaku to her powerful 5-octave voice.
The singer has long intertwined her music career with her humanitarian work. Her involvement in Africa started after meeting U2 lead singer Bono, who suggested she get involved in the cause. She then made a first visit to Kenya. Soon after she started raising funds for children's charities via tour merchandise and photo exhibitions. In 2008, she held a concert in Yokohama to raise awareness on ways to reduce poverty and provide education to children in Africa.
MISIA comments on her interest in Africa by saying, "When I traveled there, I learned that music can cross language barriers. The people taught me that 'music is a form of communication' and that 'there is no fighting in music'."
The singer has toured consistently since her debut, and outside of concert broadcasts on WOWOW and a few TV interviews, this will be her first time performing on an actual music show. "We are looking forward to what will undoubtedly be one of the most memorable moments of the show," said an NHK program executive.
MISIA's long-awaited appearance will be tied-in with a special documentary scheduled to air next February on NHK-BS that will chronicle her journey to Namibia and Kouhaku.
She's basically going to be performing on Mars. What a beautiful ode to one of my favorite MISIA albums, MARS & ROSES <3